Join us as R. Clifton Spargo, author of the critically acclaimed novel BEAUTIFUL FOOLS, discusses the tragic and storied romance of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald at the Innisfree Poetry Bookstore on April 18th at 6:00 PM.
Innisfree Poetry Bookstore
1203 13th Street
2008-2010 Delancey Place
Boulder, CO 80302
R. Clifton Spargo, a Chicago-based fiction writer and cultural critic, is the author of BEAUTIFUL FOOLS, The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is the Provost’s Postgraduate Visiting Writer in Fiction in the Department of English at the University of Iowa for 2013-14.
A past winner of Glimmer Train’s Award for New Writers as well as their Fiction Open Contest, he has published stories in The Antioch Review, FICTION, Glimmer Train, SOMA, and The Kenyon Review, among other places. His essays and reviews on literature, culture, and rock music have been featured in Raritan, Commonweal, The Yale Review, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan, Newcity, and the fashion magazine Glo. And he writes a blog called “The HI/LO,” on the interplay between high and low culture, for The Huffington Post.
Praise for BEAUTIFUL FOOLS
“Mr. Spargo’s novel certainly succeeds beyond pastiche in providing a timely reminder that the love between Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, even in destructive decline, was a force to be reckoned with beyond the experience of many—maybe most—human beings.”—Wall Street Journal
“Spargo’s book is richly imagined, and paints a delightfully detailed portrait of Cuba of 1939. It’s a positively delicious travelogue.”
—The Chicago Tribune
“This approach to the Fitzgeralds’ story is the most successful of the bunch… With its contained arc and energetic plotting Beautiful Fools takes the focus off more familiar episodes in the couple’s history.” —The New Yorker
“In Spargo’s hands, the Fitzgeralds emerge as fully human … it’s the one version of the story that resists the temptation to glamorize Scott and Zelda out of their humanity.” —Washington Post